Okay, I’m going to get a little rant-y today.
Since we got rid of cable, I’ve been watching some of “my shows” on my computer. I was catching up on Pretty Little Liars yesterday (because I totally fall within the target demographic, I know) and every commercial break, they ran the trailer for the new movie, DUFF.
I guess I live under a rock (?) but I didn’t know until I saw the trailer, but DUFF stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend.
Okay, wait. What?
I think it’s a sick, fucked up day when Mae Whitman is considered fat or ugly. It’s not like she even pulled a Charlize Theron Monster move for this film. She wears overalls.
I mean, seriously?!
I don’t know anything about the movie other than the typical ‘girl is friend-zoned’ plot, which is not a novel concept at all, but I feel like this has taken it a step further. Rather than a gorgeous actress wearing glasses and being dubbed a nerd, (only to put in contacts at the end of the movie for everyone to realize she’s ~*hot*~) this movie is flat out calling a totally cute girl FAT and UGLY, two words I wish could be banned from the English language.
As a 27-year-old, this doesn’t affect my self-confidence; but as a pre-teen, teenager or a young 20-something? Uh, yeah, that message would be been read loud and clear: if that girl is fat and ugly, I’m really fat and really ugly.
I know the media is constantly sending us messages of “you’re not good/skinny/pretty/smart enough” so this isn’t new, and I get that it’s a comedy, and I understand we can’t take everything so seriously but I don’t like this. Not at all.
– end rant –